U.K. thrash metal veterans ONSLAUGHT will release a double single, "The Sound of Violence" / "Bomber", on December 17 through AFM Records. The single will include one track from the band's forthcoming fifth album, "Sounds Of Violence", backed with a cover version of the MOTÖRHEAD classic "Bomber".
Commented ONSLAUGHT guitarist Nige Rockett: "We're really stoked to finally be getting some new material out in the public domain. It's been such a long time since the 'Killing Peace' album and this will be a great little sampler for the upcoming album release in early 2011.
"'The Sound Of Violence' track is a cool representation of things to come. It's got a real old-school ONSLAUGHT feel but its very contemporary at the same time... a real angry, no-nonsense thrasher.
"Regarding the 'Bomber' cover: MOTÖRHEAD have always been a huge influence on ONSLAUGHT and our relationship goes back a long long way. So when we decided to have some fun and do a cover song in the studio, this track immediately sprang to mind, especially as it's relative to the theme of the new album. We've given it a pretty aggressive ONSLAUGHT slant and thrashed it up little, but still very much retaining the original identity of the song.
"To make things a little more interesting, we thought we would like to add some very special guests into the mix.... We asked Phil [Campbell; MOTÖRHEAD guitarist] if he would like to come and thrash out with us and play some guitar on the track. The answer was an undoubted 'Yes'...
"Things were sounding pretty cool in rehearsal but just missing that tiny piece of magic / the icing on the cake... Then Phil came in and played that awesome riff in his style and everything just fell right into place... We also had the idea that our friend Tom Angelripper (SODOM) would sound perfect sharing the vocal duties with our own Mr. Keeler.
"We knew Tom was in the studio recording the new SODOM record so the timing was perfect... We sent over the tracks and Tom did the rest. He laid down some great fucking vocals, as you will hear, and it's really added something special to the final result.
"As you can tell, really, I'm buzzing about all this... It's an exciting time to be in ONSLAUGHT right now."
Video footage from the "Sounds Of Violence" recording sessions can be viewed below.
"Sounds Of Violence" will be released on the following dates:
Japan: January 12
Europe: January 28
USA: February 8
The effort will be made available in three formats: CD, limited digipack and vinyl.
The follow-up to 2007's "Killing Peace", "Sounds Of Violence" was recorded and mixed at Hansen Studio in Ribe, Denmark with acclaimed Danish producer Jacob Hansen (RAUNCHY, MERCENARY, VOLBEAT, HEAVEN SHALL BURN).
Regarding the direction of ONSLAUGHT's new material, Nige Rockett previously said, "Musically and lyrically, this is definately the most brutal and intense ONSLAUGHT album to date. It's full of machine-gun riffs, ferocious drum patterns and some pretty fucked up lyrical content.
"This album was never meant to be pretty. It's not a concept album by any measure but there's a definite theme to the whole package, right through from the sleeve design to the music and onto the words; it's violence all the way.
"There's a lot of hate in 'Sounds of Violence' and a whole lot of reality in there, too, much of it straight from the heart."
ONSLAUGHT recently signed a deal with Enorm Music, the publishing arm of ICS, which organizes the Wacken Open Air festival.
The band recorded its performance at the Damnation Festival on November 22, 2008 in Leeds, U.K. for a live CD, "Live Damnation", which was released on July 20, 2009 through Candlelight Records.
An e-card for the album can be accessed at this location.
ONSLAUGHT's last studio album, "Killing Peace", was released in March 2007 via Candlelight Records. The CD was recorded at Backstage studio in Derbyshire, England with producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE).